I remember being instantly intrigued by the construct of Emotional Signature as a student at the Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy. My head was full of wonderings – what is my emotional signature? How did it play out in my work as a therapist? I knew from the descriptions of the different signatures that I sat on one end of the spectrum, but why did I see so many traits of the other end of the spectrum in my behaviour? Could the construct of Emotional Signature help me better understand myself as a therapist? Could I identify the Emotional Signatures of my clients and use this understanding in a meaningful way in my work? It was with these thoughts and questions in mind that I set out to better understand how my own Emotional Signature and the Emotional Signatures of my clients were playing out in the therapy room. This article, written as my major work for my Graduate Diploma, was a first step.
Follow this link to read Lisa's article: Learning the Language of Emotional Signatures